Richest Temples in India

India’s Top 10 Richest temples

There are plenty of famous temples in India that are often visited by devotees from around the world throughout the year. Most of these temples were built many years ago and they are treasured with utmost care by the citizens. One of the latest revelations about Padmanabhaswamy temple is the treasure that was discovered from the devotion chest. Indians strongly believe in traditions and cultures, and thousands of devotees flock our temples everyday in search of peace and divinity. Donations and charities are deeply integrated in our cultures, and we believe in making offerings at the holy places. It goes a long way in helping them feed the poor. Here we have compiled a list of some of the richest temples in India.

  • Padmanabhaswamy Temple – Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple is situated in Thiruvananthapuarm, Kerala and it considered as the one of the 108 Divya Desams of the Lord Vishnu. Recently, a treasure of 1 lac crore was seized from the devotion chest of this temple. With the huge amount of money being devoted to it, this temple has positioned itself at the peak.

  • Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Venkateswara Swami Temple – This temple seconds Padmanabhaswamy temple on the list having 50,000 of devotees who visit to worship everyday. This temple is located in Andhra Pradesh and it posses a treasure of worth 50,000 crore. This temple is considered as the busiest among the many others and it famous for serving its devotees with free meals.

  • Shirdi Sai Baba Temple – Sai Baba Mandir (Temple) is located in the state of Maharashtra, and it stands third on the richest temples listings of India. The property value of this magnificent temple is worth crores of rupees. There are umpteen numbers of devotes who visit to this temple and give money as charity, which is managed by the Sai sansthan trust.

  • Puri jagannath Temple – It is one of the most popular and richest temples of India situated in Puri, Orissa. Jagannath temple is renowned for its Rathyatra and it has thousands devotees who follow it. These devotees give charities in terms of money and precious valuables, which is used for temple’s maintenance and other social work.

  • Siddhivinayak Temple – Siddhivinayak temple is another richest temple situated in Maharashtra. This temple has firmly positioned itself in the top 10 richest temples. This temple has hundreds of crore of treasures in the form of gold and other ornaments.

  • Viashno Devi Mandir (Temple) – Viashno devi temple is located near Katra Jammu & Kashmir. It is believed the goddess, Vaishno mata, dwelled in the cave called Shakti peethas. More than 80, 00000 lac devotees visit to this temple to have blessings and bestow by mataji. Thus, this temple is considered as one of the richest temples among the others in the country.

  • Somnath Temple – Somnath temple is one of the 12 Lord Shiva (Jyothirlingams) temples located in Saurastra, Gujarat. It is believed that this temple was initially destructed and re-built as the most sacred places for devotes of lord Shiva. Having such a huge number of worshipers, this temple is positioned at seventh position on the list of top 10 richest temple of India.

  • Guruvayurappan Temple – this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it is situated in Guruvayur Kerala. It is also popularly known as the Bhuloka Vaikuntha. Millions of devotees visit this temple annually and give a lot of charity to its trust.

  • Meenakshi Temple – this temple has admirable and attractive architectural style. It is located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu and it is considered as one of the richest temple in India. Meenakshi temple is visited by the thousands devotees throughout the year.

  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple – This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is situated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that every Hindu must visit this place once in their lifetime to have blessings of Lord Shiva. This temple too is one among the 12 sacred places of the Lord Shiva (Jyothirlingams). This temple is proudly a one among the richest temples in the country, and it attracts huge numbers of devotees and tourists.

Indians Cannot Use Paypal Mass Pay Feature Anymore

We recently blogged about the problems Indian Paypal users are facing in the wake of new RBI rules. We also discussed its repercussions on Freelancing in India. What I also figured out is that we Indians cannot make anymore Mass payments from Paypal.

Mass pay feature was one of best way to send money to friends and family in India without losing too much transaction fee and the ease with which Paypal Mass pay can be used added to it’s advantage !

After speaking to Paypal executives (you can call Paypal for free), there is no hopes of things coming back on track at any point in the near future ! I guess I should convert my Paypal Business account to Personal account, atleast that saves some transaction extra transaction fee 😉

End of my rant ! 😀

Indian Paypal Users Face Problem : Is It The End Of Freelancing In India ?

Paypal is an online payment processing e-commerce business. It is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account. All you need is an email address, if you have one, you can send money to that email address !

Off late, Paypal and RBI have had a few issues and the latter had given instructions to Paypal to modify the way it functions in India. According to the new regulations set by RBI, the changes in Paypal are as follows:

An Indian resident Paypal user cannot receive more than $500 in one transaction : I have not idea what you are supposed to tell your clients, especially those who make automated payments from their credit / debit cards, paypal balance. Imagine if you’ve done business worth $5000, your client will have to sent ten installments of $500 :). How smooth and easy can that get.

An Indian resident Paypal user MUST have a credit card / debit card if he/she wants to make international payments : If you are a small time freelancer, who is making a living from online activities, then god save you ! It’s a mammoth task for any body, who’s not in a 9 to 5 job to get a credit card. Of course you can apply for a Debit card, but the uphinge one has to go through to get hold of Debit card makes the whole experience a sour one.

An Indian resident Paypal user cannot send money to another Indian resident Paypal user : If put it simple words, Indian paypal users cannot make any domestic payments ! You try doing that and you get this message:

We notice that you are attempting to pay an Indian resident user. The payment you initiated has been blocked. PayPal only facilitates international payments and cannot be used for domestic payments within India. We suggest you find alternative methods to complete the payment. If you believe that the person you attempted to pay is not based in India, please contact PayPal customer support.

Which means, you can’t send money to your near and dear ones from paypal. You can’t pay your hosting bills if you have rented it from a local host. You can’t pay a fellow Indian freelancer for the work done for you.

The natural outcome of the above to steps is that, users will have to withdraw the amount to their Indian banks linked to their respective Paypal account. To any common man who is not associated with Paypal, the whole issue may seem to be very simple. A Paypal user has to withdraw money to Indian Bank account, and make payments using credit / debit card. But we still haven’t discussed about the actual problem when it comes to Forex transaction, which is, Exchange Rates !

The following figures will give you a better idea about what I’m trying to tell :

1 USD as per todays exchange rate (according to Google.com) is : 44.2458298 Indian rupees.

As per todays rates, if you withdraw funds by electronic transfer to your bank account, then PayPal exchange rate is : 1 USD = 42.9780 INR

and,

If you want to make any international payment, PayPal’s exchange rate as of 06-Apr-2011: 1 Indian Rupee = 0.0217883 US Dollars, which means every 1 USD will cost you 45.636 INR.

A customer will, forcefully, lose 3 INR for every Dollar he withdraws and uses the same to make international payment via Paypal!

The Faceless Freelancers in India can be called the ‘Educated, Unorganized Sector’. Silently, this sector has been contributing a huge chunk of revenue, which has bettered the lives of thousands of people who have been working from the comfort of their homes. This sector is also responsible to provide jobs to thousands of educated people, and there by is combating un-employment problems. With such restrictive policies it only worsens the state of all those who depend on online activities for their livelihood, and in turn affects the GDP too !

There are a few loopholes which RBI is concerned off. But extreme policies like this is not a solution. Instead of making things worse for a whole lot, Government should probably come up with policies to plug the loopholes.

IPL 04 / IPL 2011 Schedule Of Matches

ICC Cricket World Cup will soon be over, now it’s IPL fever that’ll catch up with Indians !! I really wonder how these players will cope up, since they hardly have a break between World Cup and Indian Premier League 04, 2011 !

Cricket fans living in America can stream and watch cricket matches on their iPod / iPhones or Android fee for a nominal fee.

The dates are as follows:

Date

Time Teams Venue
April 8 8 PM IST Chennai Super Kings  vs Kolkata Knight Riders Chennai
April 9 4 PM IST Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals Hyderabad
April 9 8 PM IST Kochi v Royal Challengers Bangalore Kochi
April 10 4 PM IST Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians Delhi
April 10 8 PM IST Pune Warriors vs Kings XI Punjab [ Navi Mumbai
April 11 8 PM IST Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers Kolkata
April 12 4 PM IST Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils Jaipur
April 12 8 PM IST Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Bangalore
April 13 4 PM IST Pune Warriors vs Kochi Navi Mumbai
April 13 8 PM IST Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings Mohali
April 14 8 PM IST Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Hyderabad
April 15 4 PM IST Mumbai Indians v Kochi Mumbai
April 15 8 PM IST Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders Delhi
April 16 4 PM IST Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore Chennai
April 16 8 PM IST Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab Hyderabad
April 17 4 PM IST Rajasthan v Kolkata Knight Riders Jaipur
April 17 8 PM IST Pune Warriors v Delhi Daredevils Navi Mumbai
April 18 8 PM IST Kochi v Chennai Super Kings Kochi
April 19 4 PM IST Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers Delhi
April 19 8 PM IST Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals Bangalore
April 20 4 PM IST Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors Mumbai
April 20 8 PM IST Kolkata Knight Riders v Kochi Kolkata
April 21 8 PM IST Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals Mohali
April 22 8 PM IST Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings Mumbai
April 23 4 PM IST Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata
April 23 8 PM IST Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab Delhi
April 24 4 PM IST Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians Hyderabad
April 24 8 PM IST Rajasthan Royals v Kochi Jaipur
April 25 8 PM IST Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors Chennai
April 26 8 PM IST Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore Delhi
April 27 4 PM IST Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings Navi Mumbai
April 27 8 PM IST Kochi v Deccan Chargers Kochi
April 28 4 PM IST Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab Kolkata
April 28 8 PM IST Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians Jaipur
April 29 8 PM IST Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Bangalore
April 30 4 PM IST Kochi v Delhi Daredevils Kochi
April 30 8 PM IST Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab Mumbai
May 1 4 PM IST Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors Jaipur
May 1 8 PM IST Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers Chennai
May 2 8 PM IST Delhi Daredevils v Kochi Delhi
May 3 8 PM IST Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders Hyderabad
May 4 4 PM IST Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals Chennai
May 4 8 PM IST Pune Warriors v Mumbai Indians Navi Mumbai
May 5 4 PM IST Kochi v Kolkata Knight Riders Kochi
May 5 8 PM IST Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils Hyderabad
May 6 8 PM IST Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab Bangalore
May 7 4 PM IST Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings Kolkata
May 7 8 PM IST Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils Mumbai
May 8 4 PM IST Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kochi Bangalore
May 8 8 PM IST Kings XI Punjab v Pune Warriors Mohali
May 9 8 PM IST Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings Jaipur
May 10 4 PM IST Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians Mohali
May 10 8 PM IST Deccan Chargers v Pune Warriors Hyderabad
May 11 8 PM IST Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore Jaipur
May 12 8 PM IST Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils Chennai
May 13 8 PM IST Kochi v Kings XI Punjab Indore
May 14 4 PM IST Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers Mumbai
May 14 8 PM IST Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders Bangalore
May 15 4 PM IST Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils Dharamsala
May 15 8 PM IST Kochi v Rajasthan Royals Indore
May 16 8 PM IST Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians Kolkata
May 17 8 PM IST Pune Warriors v Deccan Chargers Pune
May 18 4 PM IST Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore Dharamsala
May 18 8 PM IST Chennai Super Kings v Kochi Chennai
May 19 8 PM IST Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders Pune
May 20 8 PM IST Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals Mumbai
May 21 4 PM IST Kings XI Punjab v Deccan Chargers Dharamsala
May 21 8 PM IST Delhi Daredevils v Pune Warriors Delhi
May 22 4 PM IST Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings Bangalore
May 22 8 PM IST Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals Kolkata
May 24 8 PM IST Qualifier 1 Mumbai
May 25 8 PM IST Eliminator Mumbai
May 27 8 PM IST Qualifier 2 Chennai
May 28 8 PM IST Final Chennai

I feel very sorry for our captain(Dhoni) that he hardly gets time to enjoy his newly wed-lock life !

Pre Order Nokia E7 In India – Color, Price And Features

If you were waiting to own a cool new phone, that you can flaunt around your friends, here is your chance. Nokia is releasing their latest Smart Phone – Nokia E7.

Some of the striking features of Nokia E7 are :

  • 4” AMOLED touch screen – real glass and Nokia’s ClearBlack display for improved outdoor viewing.
  • A slide-out QWERTY keyboard for a fast typing experience.
  • Your mobile office – Create, edit and share office docs and view PDF files. Calendar sync with Microsoft Outlook. Real-time push emails with Mail for Exchange.
  • Seamless Communication – Get emails direct from Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail, Ovi Mail and others.
  • Integrated Social Networks – Live updates from Facebook and Twitter. Publish status updates across all your social networks at the same time.
  • Choose from thousands of  apps from the Ovi Store.

The phones not yet out in the market, but you can get your piece by pre-ordering from this link : Pre-Order Nokia E7.

You can pre-order the phone online, which means you can buy it, right here in India, from any town – Delhi, Mumbai,  Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, just name the place and it’ll be delivered !

The Best 5 Affiliate Programs Especially For Indian Publishers

The Best 5 Affiliate Programs Especially For Indian Publishers

If you are running a website, blog, portal or any web based property then you must utilize your ad spaces carefully in order to generate huge incomes. There are several ways to convert your blog or website into an earning object by placing ads over there. If you are from India and own a website or other web related property, you need to be prudent enough while choosing the advertisement for your website or blog.

 It is pretty clear that owing an Indian website determine the maximum traffic from India merely. So, several Ad networks such as Chitika, Bidvertiser, Kontera, Infolinks etc will not provide so much opportunity to Indian publishers. In this situation being Indian website owners you need to choose few ad networks or Affiliate Programs that provide space to your website developments and let you earn huge income.

Affiliate programs and ad networks both terms refer to same thing the only dissimilarity is the manner they approach. Generally ad networks provide you CPC (Cost per Links) and CPM (Cost per Million) type ads, whereas affiliate programs works on CPA (Cost per Action) method. The affiliate programs provide you ads which can be converted into money then someone taps on the ad followed by the required actions.

In simple language when someone clicks on the ads and complete some required actions such as filling up a form, survey, registration etc. you will be paid on every completion of the action. The best part of the affiliate programs is its huge pay outs that are higher than the other two common models of ads.

There are few reliable affiliate programs for Indian publishers that grasp some committed campaigns for Indian traffic. You can earn $100 for just one complete converted click.

Here are few top affiliate programs for Indian publishers

Adsend Media:  This one is the most reliable affiliate networks which provide two methods of advertising (File Gateway and Content Gateway) to earn money from your blog or websites.

 

File Gateway refers the process of shortening the URLs of several download links. Being a website owner you just need to curtail the URL to earn handsome money. The entire process include below given steps:

  • Initially, you just shorten or abbreviate the selected URL in Adsend Media interface.
  • Now post the URL as a Link
  • Whenever users tap on the link, they will be redirected to a dedicated webpage of Adsend Media.
  • Here user needs to complete some required actions such as form filling, signup etc.
  • Once the user completed action properly, user will be landed to actual download link.
  • Finally, user downloads the specified link and you will be paid once the action completes.

Content Gateway is another effective and profit making method works on contents. Whenever users land over the adsend media content gateway, it will be blocked. In order to unblock the webpage users need to fill up a short survey. Webmaster can configure the several types of surveys to choose from.

You will be paid from both methods approximate $1+ via your paypal account.

  • NeverBlueAds: As its name depicts, NeverBlueAds affiliate program cater only family ads and associated with numerous advertisers in order to provide best converting ads to all international publishers. They have categorized ad formats and customized pages. It offers specific types of promotions such as paid search, email, registration path, social network etc. They pay via paypal, normal check, and wire transfers.

  • RegNow: This is the most powerful affiliate program powered by Digital River N Network. They provide handsome profit making affiliate programs all across the world and payout remain same for every publisher. This one basically revolves around the tech products such as iPhone, PC, applications etc. Whenever someone purchases the product, you will be paid instantly. The margin of commission varies from 10% – 75% depending on products. If you are owing a technology based website or blog then the chances are double to earn huge amount of money

  • Google Affiliate Network: The latest released of Google Affiliate Network named, ConnectCommerce provides extensive affiliate programs to the Indian publishers. Since it is the Google product so you can incorporate your adsense account with this one. This way your all earning will be paid to your adsense account easily. However, you have to reach out the minimum payout target $100 in order to get paid.

  • MoneyCosmos: This one is complete dedicate to Indian publishers. Since they work with numerous Indian advertisers, hence the chances of conversion will be doubled.  You will be paid $1 on every complete registration. Moreover, you will be paid 20% of each transaction complete by visitor apart from $1.

Till What Age Can I Get Divorced ? Oldest Divorce Case ?

If you are not happy with your married life, it’s better to dissolve it instead of dragging it along. You can take / give a divorce to your partner, after stating the grounds for the same.

As one of you asked me, there is no age limit to go for divorce. The oldest of the cases I’ve come across is that of Mr. J.M. Kohli, who got his divorce at the age of 80 ! Though he had applied for divorce in 1982, it’s almost close to 30 years and now he got the verdict (isn’t justice delayed, justice denied ??).

There will be a lot of similar cases which you can easily find online, if you start digging around, I just quoted one which I had come across.

Mobile Number Portability SMS Number Of BSNL. How Can I Port My Number To BSNL?

The Indian telecom industry is all set to welcome the Mobile Number Portability (MNP). People can now witness various ads related to it. BSNL has gone a step ahead to announce attractive freebies in the form of free talktime, free GPRS, attracting users of other carriers too. This service was released in Rohtak, Haryana on the 25th November, 2010. It was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Communications and IT Mr. Kapil Sibal and Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, honorable Chief Minister of Haryana. Private carriers too are now ready to accept the challenge. Idea Cellular’s recent ads have tried to lure customers through their attractive ads –What an Idea sirji! Get Idea!

BSNL is the first telecom operator to announce MNP. Sources at BSNL say that the MNP port-in charges will be waivered off for all subscribers who switch to BSNL. Coming back to BSNL, in addition to free porting-in operators will be furnishing users with their First Recharge Coupon (FRC), free if port-in is done through BSNL CSC in Haryana. Also port-in customers will be given free Rs.100 worth of talktime in addition to the free usage minutes that come along with FRC. Port-in customers get the benefit of ‘unlimited GPRS’ free of charge for one month.

It is important to know what porting means. Porting is the term used for the method of moving your mobile number from one existing operator to another new one. It also includes changing mobile technology that is in GSM to CDMA and the reverse to the same operator or a new one within licensed Service Area.

To obtain an MNP request at BSNL CSC:-

  • To receive the Universal Product Code (UPC) you have to SMS Port to 1900.
  • Fill in the MNP form along with the UPC code, and sumbit the application, only then you’ll be allowed to Port-in.
  • Provide them with an alternative number so that they can keep in touch with you through out the process. This has to be mentioned on the forms.
  • Within 72 – 96 hours, your number will be activated and you can can use the new Sim card that will be provided to you once your application has been activated. To activate BSNL services you have to dial 123.
  • However, there will be a lag period of around 2 hours, during which none of the services will be available to you.

In order to obtain MNP it is important to note that:-

  • You have no pending bills prior to the date of application for porting.
  • The porting request has to be made after the expiry period of 90 days from the date of activation of a new connection or from last porting.
  • No request for change of ownership of the mobile number while the application is under process.
  • The mobile number sought to be ported is not sub-judice.
  • Porting of the number has not been prohibited by any court of law.
  • The unique porting code mentioned in the porting request matches with the unique porting code allocated by the Donor Operator for the mobile number sought to be ported.
  • The subscriber has not compiled with the exit clause for the present connection.

Read Indian / American Historical Newspapers For Free On Google

Provision to Read Newspapers Related To Our History Provided By Google in Their Actual Format

Many of us have some interests like collecting old coins, currencies of different countries, stamp collecting, and collection of antiques. It’s not so easy to know how newspapers used to be in old historic times.

Google provides a facility to go through all such historic newspapers which reveal how communities used to be in those days. Also we can collect information of crucial historical events, how newspaper used to be in those days, what was the format, layout, content, how editing was done etc.

Google being one of the world’s best search engines has now introduced a provision that allows its users to have a look of historic newspapers by transforming old editions into digital format

Digital format of old newspapers like Pittsburgh, St. Petersburg Times, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, Today’s News-Herald are available to users in Google News Archive.

Users can search relevant scanned pages of historic newspapers which would finally take them to the required scanned page with related terms emphasized.

Benefits

Through this facility both users and partner papers stand to benefit. Through the users end up with essential information they search for partner papers and their new editions.

There is a great significance in finding this solution, as historical information and books can be kept in digital format, and can be provided for user reference for hundreds of years.

[ Visit Google Archive Search To Learn More ]

Auto Rickshaws, Cabs and Taxi Drivers Say NO Whenever They Want

You would have experienced this if you are from Tier 1 / 2 cities. Auto rickshaw, cab / taxi drivers say NO whenever they want, when you want it the most! Want to get back at them? Here’s your opportunity: Meter JAM

This is what the site reads:

Why Meter JAM – Because strikes need a strike back!  We’re tired of meter that always reads more than it should, drivers who refuse to ply and demand return fare whenever they want. And if all that wasn’t enough, now we have to deal with strikes too, any time the ‘unions’ decide!

Everyone is holding the janta to ransom. How much more will we pay? It’s time to turn the tables.

So on 12th August, shake your head and say NO if an auto driver offers a ride!

Though this will affect those who sincerely work, those who do not put up their price or come whenever and where ever you want them to, may be a lesson to the ‘Unions’, which will help them understand – what others go through when they go on a strike …

Related post: Bangalore Autorickshaw Complaint.